With trade shows clinging to virtual formats this year, next up for the residential construction industry is one of the absolute biggest: the International Builders Show. After announcing in October that the show would make an abrupt U-turn—heading online instead of to Orlando—a new all-digital format is set to take place February 9-12. Dubbed an “expansion” of the event’s 76-year-old in-person tradition, IBSx includes products, live demos, daily keynotes and over 70 educational sessions—all of which will remain open to attendees through March 31 of this year. Virtual exhibits are open Tuesday, February 9 through Friday, February 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Following a is a peek at what you can expect:


Officials for Alside say they’re joining the Builders’ Show for the first time ever. The company plans to showcase the Mezzo Full-Frame Replacement System, which features Trimworks with SwiftLock Technology. According to company information, Mezzo already meets future Energy Star performance standards, while decreasing the price premiums for full-frame replacement windows.

With a thin frame that’s designed to maximize viewing area and an integral nailing flange, Mezzo replacement vinyl windows with Trimworks can save up to 20-40 minutes of installation time per window, officials report, while also reducing waste materials and eliminating the need for special equipment, training or cutting and mitering. The prefabricated trim system is designed to snap onto newly installed window frames. At that rate, installation time can be reduced between three to seven hours for every 10 windows installed, the company suggests.



Masonite is going all-in with virtual this year via Unlock Masonite—an immersive experience designed to invite attendees to explore the innovations and ideas behind the company’s campaign “Doors that do more.” New products are designed to make homes brighter, quieter and more enjoyable, officials say, while a Match With Masonite feature enables participants to select doors curated by design styles that connect spaces.

The company’s booth will also include a demonstration (and play on words) for the “sound decision” behind Masonite solid core doors, which help to dampen noise.



Let’s face it, the easier it is for builders to stay busy and to specify doors and windows, the more products you’re going to sell. For this reason, officials for Paradigm suggest that door and window companies check out two new options at the show designed to make design and takeoffs easier.

The company’s new service, Paradigm Estimate, is designed to help builders eliminate the tedious, time-consuming work of material takeoffs, by automatically examining blueprints and generating detailed takeoff lists. The system also generates marked up plans. Users submit blueprints using a dedicated online portal, after which Paradigm Estimate quickly produces a takeoff featuring the type, size and application of all the necessary construction materials—including doors and windows.

Meanwhile, Paradigm Omni is a virtual home design software that provides a 3D experience for customizing dream homes. The online tool allows home buyers to select, configure and visualize an unlimited range of interior and exterior design features—all on actual homes.



Pella plans to use IBSx’s digital format to promote Impervia—a proprietary, low-maintenance fiberglass material. According to company information, Impervia is designed and tested to withstand some of the harshest conditions, including extreme heat and sub-zero cold, as well as damaging UV rays and coastal environments.

The company will also highlight its Lifestyle series, which officials say includes its best value among wood windows when it comes to energy efficiency and sound rejection. Homeowners love the product’s aesthetics, the company suggests, while builders appreciate the option for triple-pane, sound reducing glass.

Lastly, for traditional and contemporary options, Pella will promote Reserve—a wood and aluminum-clad window that “can provide tailor-made authenticity to any design,” including the option for retractable screens.


Quaker Windows and Doors

With its new Quartz Collection, officials for Quaker say they “started with a vision and looked for ways to go beyond the ordinary,” as well as, “pushed the envelope, and blended cutting-edge technology with the beauty of nature’s base elements.” The results include CityLine windows, with the company’s Opti Core technology for improved thermal efficiency, structural performance and sound transmission ratings. The line also includes the option for impact-rated windows.

Also at the show will be TimberLine windows, which lean on a new hybrid design to fuse architectural aluminum exterior framing with natural wood interiors, and the SteelLine, which uses thermally advanced aluminum to offer a light-weight alternative to traditional steel windows.


Royal Building Products

Representatives for Royal will be logged in at the company’s booth to provide info on new product innovations for 2021. The company is also looking to share the details for its new 2021 Exterior Trend Report, as well as to show samples of new vinyl and aluminum colors.

Highlights will include new designs for the company’s PVC Trim and Moulding line.



For those on the lookout for wood doors, Simpson will feature its new Redi-Prime Raised Panel Interior Doors. According to company info, a new raised-panel style combines the Simpson wood door method of construction with engineered stiles and rails and 1/8-inch-thick MDF veneer over finger-jointed wood core. Solid ¾-inch thick double hip-raised MDF panels and a factory double-priming and sanding process ensure “beautiful, lasting interior painted doors.” The product is available in all interior door widths, 6-foot-8-inch and 8-foot heights and offers a 10-year warranty.



IBSx represents a big year for Therma-Tru’s long-standing Classic Craft series of entry doors, including what officials say is a complete reimagining. In its latest iteration, the series is designed for more premium looks that match the latest trends, including three collections: Artissa, Founders and Visionary.

With handmade looks and straightforward designs, the Artissa Collection is designed to pay homage to the American Arts and Crafts movement. Doors feature clean lines, Shaker styling and Craftsman-inspired glass for casual entryways.

The Founders Collection represents a revival of traditional and rustic styling, including curved and arched details, embellished panel embossments and intricate glass designs.

Last but not least, the Visionary Collection focuses on a streamlined aesthetic with a modern flair.


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